Just in: Placido Domingo cancels comic roles

Just in: Placido Domingo cancels comic roles


norman lebrecht

June 18, 2015

Just in from the Teatro Real, Madrid:


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Madrid, June 17, 2015. – The tenor Plácido Domingo will not participate in the performances of the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, scheduled for June 30th and 3, 6, 9 and 12 of July, as it was announced.


The recent death of his sister, whom he was very close, prevents him play a comic role and delivered to the public with the intensity and dedication that he has always characterized.


Instead, the role of Gianni Schicchi will be played by the baritone Nicola Alaimo, on June 30th; 3 and 6 of July, 2015, and by the baritone Lucio Gallo in the performances of 9 and 12 of July, 2015.


  • Charles Clark Maxwell says:

    He ought to just call it a day. He can’t sing for toffee now. It’s just sad to hear him.

    • John says:

      Oh PLEASE! Don’t use this post as a place to editorialize on an unrelated topic.

    • Angela Rodion says:

      Dear Mr Clark Maxwell,

      I heartily agree with you, but you’ll find your thoughts will fall on very stony ground on this blog.

      Yours faithfully,
      Angela Rodion (Mrs.)

  • Sebastian Petit says:

    Sad to say I have to agree. Also Schicchi and PD bizarre role mismatch imo

    • Sandeling says:

      Why not wait with your comment until after Mr.Domingo has sung this role in LA. next season. With his natural sense of humor he will be able to add something special to it.

  • Christy says:

    A couple of odd comments here. What do these types of comments say about the readers of this topic?

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

      Thank you. I agree. Your post reveals the empathy which is lacking in the other ones..

  • Dr. Norma B Barton says:

    God grant Placido Domingo peace and consolation on the loss of his beloved sister. He needs time to mourn in private with his family and know he has the unconditional support of his public.

  • Derek Salter says:

    If you don’t enjoy his singing or performance you don’t have to go. I thoroughly enjoyed his Macbeth in Berlin earlier in the year – not the best singing I have heard but a wonderful performance nevertheless.
    And the post at the moment deals with the lost of a sibling – have you no respect?

  • Ann Cline says:

    PC doesn’t change the facts.